Robert Alexander Stevenson Jr., 87, of Vancouver, Wash., and Pine Island passed away peacefully Nov. 23, 2013, in his home in Vancouver. He was born March 8, 1926, in Wilmington, Del., to Robert Alexander and Clara Virginia (Newman) Stevenson.
A veteran of World War II who served in the U.S. Navy, he entered college after the war on the GI Bill and earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware, Wilmington, and a Ph.D. in marine biology at the University of Hawaii, Oahu.
In 1964 he moved his family to Miami, Fla., where he worked for 15 years as a marine biologist at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and as a professor at the University of Miami. He retired to Vancouver in 1990 and spent many years there enjoying the abundance of outdoor and cultural activities the area offers, including extensive bird watching, fishing, hiking, garage sailing and coffee drinking. From 2002 on, he split his time between Pine Island and Vancouver.
Robert Alexander Stevenson Jr.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 13 years, Vera (Kassatkin) Stevenson.
He is survived by his loving family, Ellen Claire and her husband Mark Jager of Vancouver, Wash., Sarah Elizabeth and her husband William McCrea of Gainesville, Fla., Susan Lisa and her husband Jeffrey Bravstein of Chester, N.J.; and seven grandchildren, Lyndon, Jack, Avery, Zane, Evan, Barron and Clara.